Dave Brown – MicrophoneRepairLA@gmail.com
Service for Sterling ST77, ST79, ST6050 microphones please call:
MXL – 800.800.6608
Service for Sterling ST31, ST33, ST44 microphones please call:
Any microphone or electronics repair shop
Cardioid patterns are most common. Cardioid patterns only pick up sound at the front of the mic, and reject sound at the rear.
Figure 8 patterns pick up sound from the front and rear, yet reject sound from the sides. This is good for recording 2 sounds at once from different sides.
Omni patterns pick up sound from all directions, including room reflection and any mechanical noise present. This is useful for ensemble mic’ing, or adding room reflections.
If your Sterling microphone has a multi-pattern feature, try using the cardioid setting instead of the figure 8 or omnidirectional setting. Try minimizing the impact of reflected sounds entering the microphone. In addition to selecting a different polar pattern, this can be achieved with commercially available acoustic treatment products like acoustic foam, reflection filters, baffles, or isolation booths.
Try placing your microphone closer to the sound source you are trying to record. Ensure the microphone is not near or pointed towards speakers used for live monitoring. Use closed-back headphones for monitoring during the recording process wherever possible to reduce the likelihood of reamplification of the original sound source.
If your Sterling microphone has a multi-pattern feature, try using the cardioid setting instead of the figure 8 or omnidirectional setting. Try minimizing the impact of reflected sounds entering the microphone. This can be achieved with commercially available acoustic treatment products like acoustic foam, reflection filters, baffles or isolation booths.
Try adjusting: 1) the gain of your microphone preamp 2) the gain of external signal processors such as compressors 3) the channel volume on your mixer. If you are using a standalone preamp, ensure that you are not connecting the output of that preamp to a preamp input on a mixer. Connecting your microphone in this manner will be amplifying the signal twice and result in distortion. Connect the output of your preamp to a line level input on your mixer instead.
Proposition 65 requires warning labels on any product that may contain any of 770-plus elements that the California Environmental Protection Agency considers a carcinogen or a reproductive toxicant. These elements include lead (sometimes contained in the solder used to attach electronic parts to the printed circuit boards), brass, PVC and a multitude of other everyday elements. The list of elements changes often, making it difficult to keep track of the changing list of elements.
There are penalties for not complying with Proposition 65. Failure to label products may result in civil penalties. If a company’s product is sold or is purchased outside the State of California and brought into California, the company may still be found in violation.
Various trade organizations have issued notices to manufacturers warning of Proposition 65 and its implications. Included in the warnings were suggested methods of protection from Proposition 65 litigation and violations. Protection requires warning consumers about the possibility of dangers from products. A warning label such as the one we use is considered to comply with warning consumers.
We are providing warnings in an excess of caution and they should not be taken as an admission that a warning is required. The label does not necessarily indicate our products will cause you to contract cancer or reproductive harm if used as designed.
For more information about Proposition 65 visit the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and for a list of elements listed under Proposition 65 visit: